Russia & UNESCO
Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO
UNESCO Programme and budget, 2014-2017
UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy, 2014-2021
Herald of UNESCO
Herald of UNESCO60 years with UNESCO


In its rich diversity, culture has intrinsic value for development as well as social cohesion and peace.

Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only in respect of economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and ICTs – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect and mutual understanding.

The promotion of cultural diversity – the "common humanity heritage" according to the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, 2001 – and its corollary dialogue, has become one of the most pressing contemporary issues and, for this reason, is central to the Organization’s mandate.


  1. UNESCO’s mandate
  2. UNESCO major programs in Russia
    1. А. UNESCO World Heritage List
    2. B. Preservation of cultural diversity
    3. C. Preservation of Intangible Heritage
  3. Normative documents
  4. Representation of Russia in intergovernmental bodies
  5. Russia
  6. UNESCO’s publications


  1. Biennial sectoral priorities (BSPs) 36 C/5
  2. Main lines of action (MLAs)
  3. DRAFT PROGRAMME AND BUDGET FOR 2012-2013 (36 C/5)


UNESCO and the State Hermitage Museum join forces to protect heritage in conflict areas 10.10.2017
UNESCO and the State Hermitage Museum join forces to protect heritage in conflict areas
Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Prof. Mikhail Piotrovskiy, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection and restoration of cultural property in conflict areas, notably in the Middle East